Installing a New Kitchen Sink Faucet

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It has been 8 months since I finished making over my kitchen. You may remember that I painted the cabinets and counters and replaced the ceiling light, cabinet knobs, sink and faucet. I posted all about it, here.

Kitchen Makeover DIY

The new faucet was the same model faucet I had in my previous house. I liked the styling and the fact that no hands are needed to turn it on. It is a Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O® Technology

The Touch2O® feature is wonderful when your hands are covered in food from food prep or in my case, paint from the many projects I paint weekly.  To turn the faucet on, you simply touch any part of the faucet with your elbow… no hands needed.

What are the extra holes for in a sink?

When it came to finding a new sink though, my decision wasn’t as easy as sink design has not caught up with trend of one-stem faucet design.

how to cover extra holes in a sink when your faucet is a one stem design

Most sinks still come with 3 pre-drilled holes. One for the faucet and the other two for the hot and cold knobs. If your faucet is single stem and you have a sink with more than one hole, you will need sink deck or hole covers.

How to close up a hole in a sink

This is what I used to cover up the holes I didn’t need.

Under sink Kitchen sink soap dispenser installation

They are not ideal since they are raised which make it hard to place anything along the back of the sink.

At the time I made over the kitchen, I didn’t realize that there was a matching Touch2O® soap dispenser that would fill one of the holes and un-clutter the area around the sink since I would not need to have the dish detergent bottle on the counter anymore.


I just installed it last week.

One sink hole cover is still needed to cover the third hole, but having the Touch2O® soap dispenser has uncluttered the sink area and does create a ZEN-like quality to the art of dishwashing for items that don’t go in the dishwasher. :-)

The thin faucet on the right side of the sink is our drinking water faucet. Our water is very hard and tastes awful. We had a Reverse Osmosis unit installed to filter the water to remove impurities and improve the taste.

Installing a Delta Touch2O® Soap Dispenser

Everything you need to install the soap dispenser comes in the box, even the batteries.

supplies needed: 


The instructions are easy to follow. It took less than ten minutes for me to install it.  The hardest part was cleaning out underneath the sink so I could reach to screw in the bottom of the dispenser and soap bottle under the sink.

 how to fill an Delta electronic-Soap-dispenser

Once installed, you fill and refill the soap or in my case the dish detergent by simply turning and popping off the top and using the funnel that comes with the dispenser.


Place the top back on and tap anywhere to start the flow of soap or use the Hands-Free Technology option.


I am using the hands-free option where you can simply wave your hand in front of the sensor to dispense soap. You can also adjust how much soap you want to dispense with a few tweaks of the base unit.


I considered adding another dispenser for hand soap to fill the other hole, but there is not enough room under the sink to house the bottle.

I like how the dispenser provides function, clears up some clutter while adding a matching design element to the sink area. My only wish now is I wish I could simply just wave my hand and have all the dishes done. Maybe some day technology will answer this wish. :-)

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  1. I’m with everyone else with adding another dispenser but if it won’t fit, oh well.

    I’m jealous! I too, want the new faucet and dispenser!! Some day maybe.

  2. I was going to suggest sorta the same thing about adding another pump on the other side and maybe putting hand lotion in it or something but if you don’t have room, that wont work. Maybe you could come up with some type of container that has a raised underneath part that would sit over the raised area on that side.

    1. Hi Sharon – Thanks for sharing this idea. I will have to get my thinking cap on to come up with something. Hand lotion would be nice to have right at the sink.

    2. This was my thought too. I always have dish soap out for stubborn stuff before going into the dish washer and I have a pump of hand soap for our hands when cooking raw meats…so my thought was another pump and add either lotion or another type of soap! No more covers.

  3. Love the clean way your sink and faucet look. I have wondered where bloggers drain their dishes or pans they wash by hand. There never seem to be any dish drainers in any pictures on the blogs I follow. I have tried to find a place to store mine but it takes up a good bit of space and is used quite often so it is a hassle to store it. There are several things use on a daily basis that can’t go in the dish washer so I need somewhere to drain those items.
    Just wondered.

    1. Ginger, I have the same problem. I use a drying mat I put next to my sink to dry my cast iron frying pan. The mat is grey and matches my countertop. Not the perfect solution, but I can live with it.

    2. Hi Ginger –

      I have a small dish drainer, but rarely use it. It is and chrome rack with a clear drainer that goes to the sink. I can remember to put it out the next time I take do a project in my kitchen. I do bring it out when we have people over to place all the pots and pans on that can’t go in the dishwasher. Since it is just my husband and I most of the time, most stuff goes in the dishwasher. For the items we wash by hand, I usually dry them right away or place on a towel to dry.

  4. I have a Delta Touch2O faucet, too, though a different style. The soap dispenser came with mine though it is not touch-free. I still love it as I don’t need to keep my hand soap dispenser on the top of the sink. My dish soap is kept under the sink as I wash my hands more often during the day than I do dishes.